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IDB’s new accountability mechanism becomes effective

The new Independent Consultation and Investigation Mechanism (ICIM) started operations as part of the Inter-American Development Bank’s efforts to increase the transparency, accountability and effectiveness of its operations.

The Board of Executive Directors declared that the ICIM is effective as of September 9, 2010. The ICIM can now address complaints filed by individuals or groups who feel affected by projects financed by the IDB.

After a competitive selection process, Ms. Isabel Lavadenz-Paccieri was appointed by the Board of Executive Directors as the ICIM’s first "Project Ombudsperson."

Ms. Lavadenz will lead the ICIM’s consultation phase, during which claims are addressed by negotiations or mediation. Her work will be to offer opportunities for resolution of complaints in a flexible and consensual way to individuals or communities affected by environmental and social impacts arising from projects supported by the IDB.

Ms. Lavadenz, a Bolivian national, joined the IDB following 12 years at the World Bank, where she furthered her expertise in land administration, natural resource management and rural development. She also was the Principal Advisor to the establishment of the National Ombudsman Office in Bolivia.

The ICIM is part of the IDB’s reforms towards a better Bank and was adopted in February 2010, following an extensive consultation with civil society.